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It’s time for a new Thrift Store Challenge!! This time I am making over a decorative box I bought years ago while thrifting. I have had it in my living room as a base to give height to other decor pieces. When you see the before pic you’ll see why. It had an old cherub pic decoupaged on the top of it. It just didn’t mix with my decor so I hid it.
After a little sanding to remove the image and glue from the top of the box, I added a new coat of gold paint. Crystals are everywhere this year and since I needed a little pink in my family room to go with my Mounted Tapestry, I used some rose quartz to add an interesting new look to this $1.99 thrift store box. Here’s how I transformed it!
Gold Rose Quartz Decorative Box Makeover
Small Cardboard Jewelry Box (Optional) see below.
Clean and lightly sand any imperfections on the box.
Paint the box with gold spray paint.
Note: I only had a small amount of rose quart pieces and I wanted to add some height to the top of the box so I glued a small cardboard jewelry box lid to the center of the box. If you have enough quartz to stack, skip this step.
Rinse and dry the quartz stone pieces with a towel. This will remove any dust they get by rubbing together in shipping and it really makes them shine.
Place the quartz pieces around and on top of the cardboard jewelry box lid (if using). Arrange and move them into place until they fit perfectly together.
Remove each piece one by one and glue down with hot glue.
Note: I decided to try the hot glue first to see how well it would stick to the rose quartz. I used large glue dots to anchor them to the wood box and they did just fine. If you find you can not get the quartz to adhere to your box you may need a glue like E6000 Craft Adhesive to give it a stronger bond.
Next I added Gilding glue to the edge of the quarts. Let it dry a few minutes until the glue is tacky. Add small pieces of gold gilding sheets to the areas you put the adhesive. Let them dry. Use a dry stiff paint brush to knock off any left over gilding foil paper that is loose on the quartz. For more detailed instructions on how to use gilding see my Gilded Earrings post.
Let everything dry and display your new glamorous Golden Rose Quartz home decor!
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